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  • Lora Lihet
  • Decorating 101Interior Design

5 easy steps to find the perfect sofa for your space

Shopping for a sofa is no easy task and the multitude of choices available today can add to its complexity and create confusion. But it doesn't have to  be like that. Here's a list of 5 questions I usually ask my clients to answer prior to going shopping. Plus some visual aid and inspiration.

Q1: Where will the sofa go? SHAPE + SIZE

Answering this question will provide important information on the size and the shape of your future purchase.  Apartment size vs standard size. Straight line vs Curved vs L-shaped. Make measurements and have those measurements with you when you shop.

Good to know: Apartment sofas range from 72" to 81". Standard-size sofas range from 82" to 89". L-Shaped sofas are perfect for smaller spaces, allowing you to keep the same number of seats (as in a sofa chair or sofa-loveseat configuration) without visually overwhelming the space.

CURVED SOFA

vs STRAIGHT-LINE SOFA

vs L-SHAPED SOFA

Q2: How will it be used? LOOK + COMFORT LEVEL

To watch TV? Play video games? Sleepovers? When hosting a party (formal setting)? That's how you'll learn about the level of comfort needed and the sturdiness of the frame construction. A tailored, firm look vs a casual, plush look and feel. Seating construction: webbing vs spring.

Good to know: A spring construction offers a stronger seat. A tight back sofa will provide more of a tailored look while a loose back-cushions sofa will definitely convey a casual feel. 

TIGHT-BACK SOFA

vs LOOSE BACK-CUSHIONS SOFA

3: Who is going to use it? FABRIC CHOICE

If messy hands and lots of snacks are on the agenda, you may want to steer away from linens and look into stain-resistant and even outdoor fabric applications. Such as Sunbrella fabrics which are gaining popularity for indoor use and are a breeze when it comes to cleaning. Treated leather is also a good option for a sofa that will be seeing a lot of traffic and action.  

Good to know: When looking for the right fabric it is important to know if it wrinkles easily or stretches. Fabrics that wrinkle easily are a great choice for a casual look but you should avoid them if you're after a more formal approach. When it comes to leather, stretching is part of the package so even a tailored look will end up looking more casual in time. 

LEATHER

vs SUNBRELLA FABRICS

vs LINEN

Q4: What style would fit the space best? STYLE CHOICE

Test different styles to make the right decision. Do you like to put your fit up? Lay down on the sofa? Prefer a cushion back or a tight back? Good to know: If you like to sit with your legs curled up, consider a deeper sofa. It will feel more comfortable.

LOW-PROFILE,  DEEP SEAT

TUFTED, ROLLED ARM

 

MODERN, TRACK ARM

CONTEMPORARY, ARMLESS

Q5: Colour? Neutrals? Pattern? Plain? 

Whether you're looking for an apartment sofa or a standard-size, a sofa is, in most case scenarios, the largest furniture piece in the space. So, when you decide on a colour or pattern, take your time and make sure you have no doubt. There will be no way to hide or ignore your newest addition.

Good to know: A strong colour or pattern can become tiring on such a large item. Colour or pattern can be easily introduced through toss cushions or an accent chair. This way, if you do get tired, it is a lot easier and less expensive to replace.

BOLD COLOUR

NEUTRAL WITH PATTERNED ACCENT PILLOWS

NEUTRALS

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Until next time.

 Adore your home...

  *Photo credits: Pinterest ;  Sunbrella

  • Lora Lihet
  • Decorating 101Interior Design

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